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The qx keywordEdit
qx is a command that contains a string that may be interpolated. It is then executed as a system command with /bin/sh or similar. Wildcards, pipes, and redirections of the shell are taken into account. The collected standard output of the command is returned, and standard error remains unchanged. In scalar context, it comes back as a single string that may be multi-lined, or an undef, if the command failes. In list context, it returns a list of lines (however you've defined lines with $/ or $INPUT_RECORD_SEPARATOR), or an empty list, if the command failes.